The Grate Escape! Rescuers Help Raccoon Who Tried to Squeeze Out of Sewer

This raccoon got a little ahead of himself when he thought he could squeeze out of a sewer.

The critter - later named Walter - was found with his head lodged in a grate in Milwaukee on Tuesday morning.

Volunteers with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society went to help the raccoon – who was only born in the spring - after getting numerous calls from concerned passersby.

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Rescuers believe Walter had tried to squeeze through the grate but because of its shape, he was unable to pull his head out again. This happens a few times a year with this type of grate, staff said.


Here's poor Walter after we'd lifted the storm sewer grate so we could work on extricating him from the underside of the grate.

Posted by Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society on Tuesday, 11 August 2015

They gave him a sedative and were able to lift up the grate to free him.

He was taken back to the wildlife center, where he rested up overnight – and posed for some adorable pictures.


YAY! A rescued, exhausted Walter, soon after arriving at our wildlife hospital. We'll keep him here until he fully recovers from his terrible ordeal.

Posted by Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society on Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Thankfully he wasn’t hurt, but staff told INSIDE EDITION he was “exhausted, dehydrated and stressed” so he was given some fluids, electrolytes and pain medication to help.

They knew he was feeling better because he ate every scrap of food and destroyed the newspapers in his cage – typical raccoon behavior.

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On Wednesday evening, he was freed in a park in urban Milwaukee near to where he was found. The shelter shared video of the moment he was freed.

The Wisconsin Humane Society is the largest animal shelter in the state and relies entirely on the support of the community. If you’d like to help, visit their site here.

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